ideasonideas: Drones at the karaoke lounge of design

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Eric at ideasonideas

A reminder to pre-order Eric’s book

It’s been awhile since I’ve heard from Eric Karjaluoto, and now I know why: he’s been mighty busy.

I know I mentioned it the last post, but I’m getting close to releasing my first book. As such, I want to make sure that you’re in the loop. The upcoming book looks at how small companies can out-market bigger ones, which is a topic I’m quite excited about.

So if you want to stay in the loop, contact Eric asap. I know I will.

Drones at the karaoke lounge of design

Eric Karjaluoto is a dream of a design writer, and Drones at the karaoke lounge of design just might be one of his best articles ever.

The invasion of design has begun, fueled by an army of talented newcomers and low-cost offshore services. This new breed trades methodology for mimicry and by doing so radically undercuts pricing, sometimes even working for free. Like it or not, supply and demand in the design industry is undergoing upheaval. Worse yet, for design buyers it’s getting harder to differentiate between good and bad design.

The problem that we’re facing on both sides of the equation is that of confusion regarding the value in design. Unsophisticated design buyers approach design like they’re slapping a coat of paint on a crumbling shack. Uninterested in more substantive change, they dream that a quick-fix like a splashy new logo or website will magically remedy more “root” problems. (i.e.: product flaws, deficiencies in operations, or misaligned communications)

Be sure to read the rest at Eric’s Drones at the karaoke lounge of design.

Enjoy…

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I am a Thai Graphic Designer

Thai Graphic Designer
Thai Graphic Designer

While I am not a Thai Graphic Designer, the site, I am a Thai Graphic Designer is great fun. Organized by Practical Studio in associate with ThaiGa®, they are on Facebook – I am a Thai Graphic Designer™ – so if you are a Thai Graphic Designer too, be sure to join up.

Note: ThaiGa® is the Thai Graphic Designers Association, founded in 2003.

Discovered via: Nokhookdesign

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grain edit

Dave
Dave

grain edit
grain edit

There’s a ton of great stuff at grain edit

Grain edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.

Site content includes interviews, articles, designers libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books from our bookshelves.

And if you scroll back through Dave’s archives, you’ll be inundated with a top class array of posts from September 2007 to the present.

Nice work Dave! (I be put to shame ;-)

Enjoy, all!

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Margins And Columns

Pawel Grabowski
Pawel Grabowski

Margins And Columns
Margins And Columns

Here’s a real design treat for you this December, Margins And Columns.

Margins and columns is run by Pawel Grabowski from Think Two, a web development studio from Ireland.

It’s not often I see a one column design blog these days, and Pawel’s is simply gorgeous. No ads. No banners. No nothing. Nice. I was going to go on and on about just how nice. But, why, when I can cut to the chase with simply fine.

Just this week I did my being nice bit in Bangkok (anyone been watching the news lately?) and helped out my Thai hairdresser. As slim and sleek was all that was needed, I used the one column WordPress theme, PocketT, as a cms (yes, it’s that “Schwing!”)

Looking at the two side by side, I’m now coveting Pawel’s crisp black, greys, and lime greens… how very fine they are.

Enjoy…

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